Cox Center Research Assistant Daniels Receives Barrow Minority Scholarship

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication doctoral student and James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research research assistant George Daniels has been selected as the recipient of the Lionel C. Barrow Minority Doctoral Scholarship for support of his research on career decision-making.

The announcement was made at the August meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Washington.

Daniels was selected by a screening committee of the Communication Theory and Methodology Division and the Minorities and Communication Division of AEJMC. Dr. Craig Trumbo of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, chair of the committee, said Daniels' resume and support letters "stood out" among those the committee reviewed.

Daniels, in his final year of doctoral studies, joined the Cox Center at the beginning of the summer and will remain involved in Center activities during his final year of studies in the Grady College, in which the Cox Center is housed.

Cox Center research assistant Jisu Huh also attended the AEJMC meeting, as did Cox Center Visiting Research Scientist Dr. Tudor Vlad and Cox Center Director Dr. Lee B. Becker. Daniels and the three other Cox Center representatives to the AEJMC conference participated in a special session during which the Center's research on journalism labor force indicators was presented.

Drs. Becker and Vlad also met with Grady College faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Lester Roushanzamir and Emerson College faculty member Dr. Melinda Robins while at the AEJMC meeting to plan for the Center's upcoming work in Ethiopia. The Center has received a grant from The Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development (ALO) to expand its work with Unity College in Ethiopia. Drs. Becker, Roushanzamir and Robins will travel to Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, in January of 2002 to initiate the project.

The Communication Theory and Methodology Division of AEJMC established the minority scholarship award nearly 30 years ago to assist minority students with their dissertation studies and research. The award was named for Howard University Dean Emeritus Barrow, a leader in journalism education, shortly after his retirement from the Washington University several years ago.

Daniels earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Howard and worked as a television producer before returning to do graduate work in the Grady College. He earned his master's degree in 1999 under the direction of Telecommunications Department faculty member Dr. C. Ann Hollifield.

Daniels' dissertation will examine the factors that go into career decisions, focusing on those decisions that lead students to enter journalism. He will compare the career selection procedures used by minority and nonminority students. Cox Center Director Becker is serving as his dissertation advisor.